Initially housed in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, the Rural Physicians Associate Program (RPAP) was launched in 1971 to create a network of rural physicians who helped medical students experience the benefits of practicing medicine in a small town. This year, RPAP is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) has taken steps toward actualizing positive changes in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, known informally as JEDI in the department. One of these steps occurred in October 2020, when DFMCH leadership created the Josie Robinson Johnson Endowed Chair in Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion—paying tribute to Josie Robinson Johnson, EdD, an esteemed civil rights activist and community leader.

The Long Life Family Study is a unique, international project designed to reveal why some people live until a very old age and why some families maintain their health far longer than others. Bharat Thyagarajan, MD, PhD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and colleagues are analyzing a wide range of biomarkers to better understand the healthy aging process.

Assistant Professor, and past Rural Medical Education (RME) Group Executive Committee co-chair, Dr. Emily Onello, has produced an extensive e-book featuring recent conversations with sixteen prominent U.S. educators about training physicians for rural practice.

The Minnesota Rural Health Awards are given to individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to improving rural health in Minnesota. This year, top honors were given to the Rural Medical Scholars Program and two rural physicians who started their academic careers at the Medical School, Duluth Campus.

MICaB is pleased to announce that Matt Jarvis has been chosen as this year's recipient of the MICaB Chen Award (Outstanding Graduate Student Award).  This award was established by Dr.

Drs. Kamil Ugurbil and Michael Garwood detail their latest projects as scientists in the Medical School’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. While one focuses on pioneering new heights in ultra high-field imaging, another works to produce a high-quality, yet affordable, imaging scanner that’s accessible to communities without MRI access.

Researchers from the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine have been analyzing time-restricted eating and food intake patterns to address obesity.

Kristen Jacklin, PhD, and Wayne Warry, PhD, both from the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team, recently received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Academic Investment Research Program to establish a research center focused on addressing the growing challenge of dementia care needs in rural Minnesota.

Drs. Paul Mermelstein and Robert Meisel from the Department of Neuroscience received a $250,000 per year grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, called "A Longitudinal Mentoring Approach to Increase Diversity Among Researchers of Neurological Disorders," to study the problem in detail and develop tangible solutions.


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